Richland, Saginaw girls earn second in state singles

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Richland’s Riley Reeves and Saginaw’s Domonique Garley pushed their way into the UIL state tennis tournament finals, but both settled for silver medals Tuesday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin.

Reeves lost in the finals to Janice Shin of Houston Clear Lake 6-2, 6-0.

Garley, the Class 4A state runner-up, fought long and hard against Highland Park’s Chandler Carter.

Garley won the first set 6-1 before dropping the match in successive 5-7 sets.

The appearance of Reeves, a sophomore, at the state meet might be the first of many, but for now it’s the only appearance by a Richland tennis player in the school’s history. She finished the season 34-3.

“It’s a great feeling,” Reeves said. “I accomplished a lot in a year, and there’s more to come.”

The finals matchup also could be the start of a rivalry. Shin is a freshman.

“I started off strong,” Reeves said. “She played well and I fell apart.”

The lack of high-profile match experience might have contributed to the outcome, Reeves said.

For Garley, it was her second appearance at the state meet after finishing third last year as a sophomore. She finished the season at 29-1 and is 49-2 in her career.

“No one really loses when you make it to the state meet. But not winning hurts so much,” Saginaw coach Ric Canterbury said.

“Domonique is such a quality person who has such an amazing level of focus and determination.”

Garley’s matchup in the finals was a test of odds as much as ability.

Highland Park won state titles in four of the five events. The Scots picked up state championships in all but the boys singles event, the only event in which they did not have a qualifier.

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